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Things to Do This Weekend

Rainbow Families, our friendly neighborhood LGBT family organization (which became the Midwest office for the Family Equality Council just this summer), is having a its annual fundraising gala, the Fall Colors Masquerade. Saturday, 10/11, 7:30pm, at Solera. $50. For the low low price of $200, you can attend the VIP portion of the event which starts at 5:30. Semi-formal. “Masks encouraged.” I’ll be there, probably sans mask.

David already gave you the scoop on the Saint Paul Art Crawl.

Women Stand Up! A Comedy Cabaret – Stand-up Comedians Colleen Kruse & Miss Shannan Paul; Brave New Workshop Veterans Shanan Wexler & Katy McEwen doing sketch comedy; Fringe Favorite Storyteller Allegra Lingo; Legendary Poet and wit Phebe Hanson; and the Comedic Chanteuse Stylings of Diana B. Wilde. $20 or $15 with a Fringe button (this is the annual benefit show, so prices are a little higher than usual). Saturday, October 11, at Bryant Lake Bowl. Doors open at 9:30 p.m.; show starts at 10 p.m. For tickets and info call the box office at 612-825-8949 or visit

Pillsbury House Theatre proudly presents Non English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series on Saturday, October 11. Preshow reception begins at 8pm followed by the performances at 9pm. Non English Speaking Spoken Here: The Late Nite Series is curated by Laurie Carlos and co-curated by e.g. bailey. Performances are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets can be purchased at the door the night of the performance or online. All performances take place on the Pillsbury House Theatre mainstage at 3501 Chicago Avenue South in Minneapolis. This weekend’s lineup includes: Pramila Vasudevan, kim thompson, Katie Ka Vang, and Tou Saiko Lee. [complete details on the series and on this weekend’s event] [purchase tickets]

This last one is mostly a reminder to myself that I have punches left on my Brave New Workshop Punchy Pass and I want to see The Lion, the Witch, and the War Hero; Or is McCain Able? before the run ends on November 8th. Need to see it before Election Day. That last weekend of shows could be pretty painful to sit through. Buy tickets online or call the box office at 612-332-6620.

Lyndale Neighborhood Association Beer Bust for Bike Cops

Lyndale Neighborhood Association logoThe Lyndale Neighborhood Association is having a Beer Bust fundraiser for its Bike Cops program next weekend (Saturday, July 19) at Champions Sports Bar and Grill.

Support the Lyndale Neighborhood Association Bike Cop Program. This program builds community and safety in the Lyndale Neighborhood. Come and meet your Bike Cops! We will serve unlimited beer from 2:00 to 4:00 pm for $10.

Beer Bust! $10 tickets can be picked up at the LNA office, 3537 Nicollet Ave S. or at the event. For more information, contact Mike and Shirley Montrose at 612- 822-2372.

MPLS Mirror tells the story of the Bike Cops program.

The neighborhood decided to change the community’s attitude towards the police by financing an innovative program, utilizing ‘bike cops’. In some ways, ‘bike cops’ isn’t innovative because instead of trying something that’s never been done before, it’s something that was done for years by ‘beat cops’ and abandoned in favor of patrol cars. The neighbors believed that the downside to patrol cars was the distancing of police from the citizens, especially youth that they pledged to protect and serve. The other downside was the distancing from the criminal element. Residents believed that police patrols, speeding past criminals going about their day-to-day criminal pursuits, distanced them from what was going on in the ‘house next door’.

LNA decided to earmark funds to pay off-duty officers to patrol the streets to bring them closer to both groups.

I’d be curious to hear how they measure their success. Clearly the program has a lot of support from residents and businesses.

One more thing…

Improv for Gilda – Fundraising Marathon at Brave New Workshop

Gildas Club Twin Cities

The Brave New Institute is uniting the Twin Cities improv community for the Dudley Riggs 24-hour Improv Marathon to support Gilda’s Club Twin Cities. The Brave New Workshop theatre will host the fun starting at 10 pm on July 12th and through till 10 pm on July 13th. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

Gilda’s Club’s mission is to create welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer and their friends and families. There are 21 operating Gilda’s Clubhouses. The Twin Cities location is scheduled to open in 2009. This is the first Dudley Riggs Improv Marathon.

Groups performing in the marathon include members of the Brave New Institute’s improvisation classes (including my friend Kari!) and professionals the likes of which you probably saw a couple weekends ago at the Twin Cities Improv Festival. Ticket prices are $5 for a two hour block, $25 for a 12-hour block, and $40 for the whole 24 hours.

Citizen Journalism Fundraiser at Trocadero’s Tonight

In conjunction with the ongoing Journalism That Matters/New Pamphleteers conference and the National Conference for Media Reform, there’s a big shindig tonight at Trocadero’s.

Hosted by the Twin Cities Daily Planet and KFAI, the Party for a Media Revolution will start at 8:00pm and feature a whole bunch of hot local music acts (International Reggae All Stars, Cadillac Kolstad and the Flats, Willie Murphy and the Angel Headed Hipsters, Dan Newton, Spider John Koerner, and more).

Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

Somewhere between the 90 or so folks at the JTM conference and the 3000 people expected for NCMR, it should be a rockin’ good time, for a good cause.

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